A-hierarchical open collaboration? How conflicts and bureaucratic rules make Wikipedia grow

Now available a video of the research seminar “A-hierarchical open collaboration? How conflicts and bureaucratic rules make Wikipedia grow”, by Prof. Dariusz Jemielniak (Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland), organized by the OSI research group (IN3/UOC) last December, 9th 2014.


Wikipedia is often portrayed as an a-hierarchical, spontaneous, open-collaboration movement. These treats are definitely common for Wikipedia, yet it also does have a darker side. For a movement which despises hierarchies and structures, it is extremely over-regulated: the number of regulatory documents on English Wikipedia exceeds 400,000 words, and the bureaucratic creed is way out of control. Also, for a movement relying so much on collaboration, Wikipedia is a surprisingly solitary and conflict-driven community. In the presentation I am going to show how overregulation and conflicts actually help Wikipedia grow.


Open Thoughts blog starts its 2015 edition

Every year, the Open Thoughts blog poses a pertinent, universal question of interest for society. A question that captures the concerns and motivations of a research group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) within the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). A question that will also be addressed by leading figures from all over the world throughout the year.

The 2015 edition is focus on Big Data and Analytics, under the question “Are Big Data & Analytics shaping a smarter society?”. Julià Minguillón, a research member of  OSI, is one of the Open Thinkers leading this project. You can read Minguillón’s contribution here: The importance of context.


Wiebe Bijker: “We must experiment with democracies in order to rethink science”

The online publication Big Vang (La Vanguardia) published, last April 30th 2015, an interview with Prof. Bijker, on the occasion of his visit to Barcelona. In the interview, Bijker reflects on how to involve citizens throughout the research process. During his visit to Barcelona, Wieber Bijker gave a lecture on “Science, Innovation and Democracy” at the Open University of Catalonia, and also spoke in a seminar on “Scientific expertise and authority” at the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). His stay in Barcelona was sponsored by the Internationalization at Home programme (Obra Social La Caixa).

Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge

You can read this announcement in the Wikimedia blog. Since March 18th 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation ensures that all research work produced with its support will be openly available to the public and reusable on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites, through the Open Access Policy. The policy sets guiding principles that govern future collaborations between researchers and the Foundation, and follows the Wikimedia’s mission to empower people around the world to participate in knowledge creation. There’s a set of frequently asked questions to provide guidance and best practices on the applicability of the policy.


Yochai Benkler presents the Spanish translation of his book «The Wealth of Networks» in Barcelona

This wednesday, February 25th, Yochai Benkler will be presenting the Spanish translation of his book The Wealth of Networks, published by Icaria Editorial: “La riqueza de las redes: Cómo la producción social transforma los mercados y la libertad”.

The IGOPnet has organized a meeting at 18’30h. at the CCCB in which prof. Benkler will deliver the talk “Can we gain an economy, politics and society of the commons?”.  More information here